Mr Paul O’Brien


Paul O’Brien spent 26 years in Victoria Police in general duties, criminal investigation, prosecutions, task forces and various management roles including the establishment of the Victoria Police ‘Airlie’ Leadership Centre.

In 2008 Paul was invited to be a Visiting Fellow at the highly respected Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in Manly NSW where he travelled internationally and developed and facilitated leadership programs for countries that included the Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Iraq, Indonesia, China and Canada.

In mid-2010, Paul left the AIPM and established his present company, Leadership Matters. He has since provided leadership and change management services to clients that include the Australian Defence Forces, the Australian Public Service, NSW Police, CFS and SES, Glencore Mining, SA CFS, AFP, Sheriff’s Office Victoria, Victorian Institute of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport and Powerhouse Hockey Club.

Paul is also an inspirational public speaker on topics that include motivation, planning a successful life, mental illnesses, stress management, building resilience and bouncing forward from life’s challenges.

Outside of work, Paul’s life experience includes; trekking in Nepal; fishing for piranha; sky diving; visiting a mosque in Central Java; swimming in the Amazon; walking the Great Wall of China; running 42.15km; chatting with astronauts; engaging Iraqi Police Generals; diving on a submarine; interrogating a wanted terrorist; riding a bicycle 260km in a day; kayaking Bass Strait and; playing competitive sports.

Paul is also a recipient of the Police National Medal and the Police (Ethical & Professional) Service Medal (25 years).

“Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

Paul O'Brien


Master of Leadership & Management, Charles Sturt University

Bachelor of Business Management, Monash University

Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems


Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Australian Human Resources Institute member

Outside the Locker Room board member


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